Fall Basics: Tops and Cardigans

Today I am sharing my favorite tops and cardigans for fall. I'll be back tomorrow sharing my favorite bottoms and shoes for fall, although you will be getting a sneak peak of several of these items today. The items that I have been happiest to purchase for fall have been basic pieces that I know I will get my money's worth out of.

I know I will be able to layer basic tees and tunics all fall and winter long. I also know I can use cardigans all year long- even in the summer, I always keep one in my car for when I go grocery shopping or into restaurants. After being in the sweltering heat, it is so miserable to go inside and freeze. So the pieces I'm sharing today are some of my most used items in my closet.

Also, I'm going to go ahead and apologize for the crazy lighting. I used Parker's phone because I thought his camera was better than mine. I don't know if it was his phone, the time of day I was taking these pictures, or what, but there is some weird lighting going on. 

Basic Tops

Long Sleeve Tunics- I have 9 of these. Enough said? They are my uniform. Throwing one of these on with leggings or jeans and boots makes for the easiest and most comfortable outfit. They are $22.99 and obviously a favorite of mine. If you count, you will actually see 7, but that is because I have 2 of the black and white stripes and 2 of the gray and white stripes. :) Mine are all from last year, but they do have more colors this year, so I might just need to go ahead and order the solid black to bring my collection to an even 10. In the last 2 pictures, I actually sized up one size, making the tunic look more like a dress.

Outfit Details: Tunic // Leggings // Boots // Earrings

Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunics- This top has been my newest obsession. I have it in black and white, and I wish I had 10 of them. It is a little more dressy than the tunic I posted above, but it is still only $27.90. It is super comfortable and the perfect length. The white is a little sheer and requires a camisole to be worn underneath it, but none of the other colors are sheer. Because it's on sale, it has been selling out. I'm seriously considering grabbing the other available colors before its completely gone. When I find a basic that I love for a good price, I always try to grab as many as I can.

Outfit Details: Tunic // Leggings, similar // Boots // Earrings

BP Pocket Tees- When I started writing this post, I could not link these tees because they were completely sold out. They keep selling out, but I guess Nordstrom will get a couple returns back in and add them back onto their site. They only have a few colors and sizes in stock currently, but if they have your size, don't hesitate! Purchase now! These are the softest basic long sleeve tees for $14.49, and my fingers are crossed that they are not gone by the time you click on the link.

However, if you're not the type to make a fast decision and you like to research all your options, I found 4 other options that I think are also really great basic long sleeve tees. BP Side Slit Tee (this is on my wishlist) // Old Navy V-Neck Tee (have and love the short sleeve version) // Madewell Long Sleeve Tee // Softest Long Sleeve V-Neck Tee

As if the lighting wasn't poor enough, the smudges on the mirror brought the picture quality down even further. Sorry y'all! I don't know what was going on with the camera on Parker's phone. However, I did grab some Windex and clean the mirror as soon as I saw how dirty it was in the pictures. (insert embarrassed face emoji)


Leopard Cardigan- I mentioned this the other day in my Investment Pieces post. This was definitely an investment for a cardigan, but I know it is a piece I will have in my closet for years to come! And it is an easy way to add a little something extra to any basic outfit.


Free People Cardigan- This is the best, most neutral, goes-with-everything cardigan. Again, the price is a little high but worth it! I had my eye on this cardigan for months, and I told my mom how much I loved it. And y'all- my mom deserves the award for best bargain hunter in the world. She found this $128 cardigan for $69.99 on Rue La La. Sizes are selling out, so shop quickly if you want it! If you don't already have a Rue La La account (it's free), now is the time to get it. Click here to sign up if you don't already have an account. And if you do, click on which color you want- Cream // Green // Blue  Also, you can click here to see the Free People cardigan that 9 fashion bloggers out of 10 currently rant and rave about.


Blue Cardigan- This is an item I cannot link because it sold out. It is from Loft. Click here to see my current Loft favorite, and click here to check out the whole selection of pretty cardigans at Loft. They always have good ones.


Do you have any specific brands of basic fall tops and cardigans that you have been loving lately? I have been loving my Old Navy and Nordstrom tees. I'd love to hear what you like best! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!